Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Retrospective & October Goals

September was a bit challenging with a couple of out of town trips where I didn't have much control over the selection of food available. I started trying "intuitive eating" for the last three weeks of the month. That is to say, I didn't track, but tried to keep attune to my bodies true hunger signals. All-in-all, it was pretty successful. 

Here's what happened in September: 
I reached a "healthy" BMI number which was my ultimate weight-loss goal. 
I worked out 25 days, twice some days. 
I met my goal of 1,300 fitness minutes with 1,332. It was tough to reach in a 30-day month. 
I burned 9,832 calories. 
I drank at least 8 cups of water every day. 
I ate at least 5 freggies, and my average was probably close to 7. 

October goals: 
Maintenance, baby! This is where it gets tricky. I want to at the very least maintain my current weight. I would like to lose a pound or two of pure fat, but I don't mind settling in here for a while. 
I plan to work out 26 of 31 days. 
I am going to try to hit the 1,300 fitness minutes again. 
I am not going to set a calories burned goal. I dropped my weight in my HRM, so my burn is slightly reduced. As I stated last month, though, I will continue to challenge myself. I have my eye on a couple of new DVDs to shake things up. 
I will continue on the 60 in 60 water challenge. 
I will try to average 6 or more freggies. 

It's a whole new ballgame now. Setting forth my goals publicly keeps me accountable and on track. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


In eleven months and three days, I have realized my weight banishment goal. You will note I said "banishment," not "loss." I do not intend to find the banished 86.6 pounds ever.

I will not say it's been easy, but it was not as hard as I thought it would be given my age and moderate yo-yo'ing over the years. I look better, I feel better and I am at a "healthy" BMI for the first time in decades. I definitely feel healthy and fit. I still have some areas to tone up, but I'm very happy with myself. This is a process, and although I'm at the finish line for the number on the scale, I have to keep working to stay there. I WILL maintain this weight this time. I am determined to keep doing what I did to get here for the rest of my life.

I have a great support system, both in real life and online. You have been and will continue to be instrumental in my success. Thank you all!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Trip to Warm Springs, GA

We took a little road trip to Warm Springs, GA this weekend. Dave and his brother were commissioned by their great uncle to build a model of the U.S.S. Potomac. Their uncle served on the boat while it was being used as President Franklin Roosevelt's "floating White House." The model is on display at the Roosevelt's Little White House historic site, which it will be permanently housed.

They built it from pictures. I think they did an awesome job. Their uncle was thrilled with it.

The U.S.S. Potomac model
Dave, Paul & Phillip.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Am I really this close?

After today's weigh-in, I am less than 2 pounds from my goal of a "healthy" BMI. I put "healthy" in quotes, because even though today I'm still "overweight" by the BMI chart, in reality I am extremely healthy.

Thinking back to October 2009 when all this started, I never dreamed I'd be here today. Sure, I've lost weight before, but I figured with my age it would be much more of a challenge this time. I think then I would have been deliriously happy to end up 15 pounds higher than what I weigh now. But I've been working the plan, and guess what? The plan works.

I haven't talked much about the plan itself, but it's amazingly simple. Other than the few weeks I was on Weight Watchers at the beginning, I haven't spent a dime on the plan. I have not set foot in a gym. What I have done is track my calories within the range SparkPeople suggested for my goals, exercised at home using workout DVD's, (mostly The FIRM), and became active in the SparkPeople community. The support of the community is a huge part of my success. Being able to ask questions, get advice and just whine a little sometimes has been motivating and encouraging and has kept me accountable.

So here I am, on the verge of complete success in phase one of this process. Phase two is going to present its own set of challenges, but it is actually simple too: Keep doing the things I did in phase one.

I'm 47 years old, and have yo-yo'd a bit over the past couple of decades. Even so, I changed my body and my health dramatically these last months. If I can do it, anyone can.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Retrospective and September Goals

August was a very good month in most respects. Dave and I had a mini-vacation, and I am proud to say I ate with dignity on it. That was really my only out-of-the-ordinary challenge food-wise. I committed to being active while on vacation too, and was proud of the miles I walked. That was not my usual method of working out, so it was a nice change. Mixing things up is not a bad thing!

Here are my stats for August:
I lost 9.2 pounds, which is pretty amazing since I'm getting so close to goal. I don't expect a repeat in September.
I worked out 26 out of 31 days.
I worked out for a total of 1,277 minutes.
I burned 9,508 calories.
I drank at least 8 cups of water 30 out of 31 days.
I ate at least 5 freggies every day.

Now for what I need to get done in September:
I would love to get to my "healthy" BMI number. That involves a loss of about 4 pounds. I will do my best, but not stress if I miss that one. I will get it eventually.
I plan to work out at least 25 days.
I plan to try to increase my minutes to over 1,300. I've not done that since I started this journey.
I don't have a calories burned goal, because that is totally unpredictable with my lower weight and higher level of fitness. I do plan to keep up or exceed my current levels of intensity with my workouts and continue to increase the weights when it gets too easy to complete my reps.
I am in a 60 @ 60 Challenge. Drink at least 60 oz. of water for 60 days. The original challenge was for 60% of your body weight in ounces, which would be around 11 cups for me. I am going to try to exceed the 60 oz. and go for the 60%.
I plan to eat at least 5 freggies every day at a MINIMUM and try to average 6 or better.

I think my September goals are challenging and attainable. They will keep me focused on the next-to-last leg of the journey (goal), and the last leg (maintaining for life).

I'll report back on October 1st!